Business

Judge dismisses racketeering and defamation suit filed by Power & Light District’s owner

In its federal suit, Cordish Companies alleged that the law firm Dickens Law LLC and attorneys Linda Dickens and Austin Johnston engaged in a racketeering enterprise when they threatened to expose an alleged “rabbit” scheme to the public. Dickens Law LLC has alleged that Cordish employed “rabbits” to initiate fights with African-American patrons to discourage them from coming to the district. Cordish has denied that it did any such thing.

Business

Samsung, LG show latest smartwatches

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung’s latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG’s has a round screen. Motorola also is expected to come out with a round-face smartwatch soon, the Moto 360.

Technology

Google enters the race to develop drones to handle deliveries

The search giant’s X laboratory division is developing drones that can handle deliveries, a move that would be in direct competition with the e-commerce company that is testing its own shipment service using self-flying machines. Its disclosure of the project pits it in a race with Amazon, which announced late last year its own plans to test drones to deliver goods

Workplace

Pessimism rocks America’s post-recession workplace, survey says

If a sampling of Americans is correct, the U.S. economy and workplace were forever changed — for the worse — by the Great Recession. According to a majority of adults polled by the John H. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, college will continue to be unaffordable, people won’t be able to retire as expected and jobs will continue to be insecure.

Business

Regional manufacturing activity slows in August

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s regional manufacturing index, which measures business in a seven-state area that includes Kansas and the western third of Missouri, registered at 3 in August. That was down from 9 in July and 6 in June, the Kansas City Fed said. Still, August marked the eighth consecutive month of manufacturing expansion in the region, and corporate expectations for future growth remain positive.

Fuddruckers to replace KCK’s Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise has closed in the Legends Outlets Kansas City. Luby’s Inc., the Houston-based parent company of Cheeseburger in Paradise, plans to open a Fuddruckers restaurant in the building. No opening date was available.

Redevelopment of Power & Light Building is a go

Renovation that will create more than 200 apartments is expected to begin in October. NorthPoint Development, the project’s developer, still has to complete development agreements with the authority and Kansas City, but the Riverside company does not expect any problems.

Pessimism rocks America’s post-recession workplace, survey says

If a sampling of Americans is correct, the U.S. economy and workplace were forever changed — for the worse — by the Great Recession. According to a majority of adults polled by the John H. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, college will continue to be unaffordable, people won’t be able to retire as expected and jobs will continue to be insecure.

Fuddruckers to replace KCK’s Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise has closed in the Legends Outlets Kansas City. Luby’s Inc., the Houston-based parent company of Cheeseburger in Paradise, plans to open a Fuddruckers restaurant in the building. No opening date was available.

Redevelopment of Power & Light Building is a go

Renovation that will create more than 200 apartments is expected to begin in October. NorthPoint Development, the project’s developer, still has to complete development agreements with the authority and Kansas City, but the Riverside company does not expect any problems.

Pessimism rocks America’s post-recession workplace, survey says

If a sampling of Americans is correct, the U.S. economy and workplace were forever changed — for the worse — by the Great Recession. According to a majority of adults polled by the John H. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, college will continue to be unaffordable, people won’t be able to retire as expected and jobs will continue to be insecure.

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Money Matters: What’s yours is mine

Social Security benefits may seem like less of a concern foryoung couples just starting life together since each of them has decades to go before reaching retirement age. However, for couples currently nearing retirement, the choices they make regarding Social Security can have a dramatic impact on their financial future.

Money Matters: What’s yours is mine

Social Security benefits may seem like less of a concern foryoung couples just starting life together since each of them has decades to go before reaching retirement age. However, for couples currently nearing retirement, the choices they make regarding Social Security can have a dramatic impact on their financial future.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Kansas City area jobs grew in July, but so did joblessness

The area’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.3 percent in June. At the same time, area employers added 4,100 jobs. Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 10,400 workers or would-be workers entered the area’s labor force in July, causing the jobless rate to rise even as employment grew.

Business

Winning American Royal barbecue rubs could go national

Winners will have an opportunity to get their rub recipe manufactured, marketed and distributed by Overland Park-based Old World Spices and Seasonings Inc. The American Royal World Series of Barbecue starts Oct. 2 and is expected to draw about 550 teams to the American Royal complex in the West Bottoms area.